CHRISTMAS HAS COME and gone, the holiday decor has been put away, and we're settling in to a new year while embracing Hygge and making the house as cozy as possible to get through this bitter cold (hello -20... I did not miss you). And yes, I know this post is about a month after the fact but I wanted to have this memory recorded somewhere - never too late, right??
I love traditions and it has been so fun over the past few years to start to making our own little traditions as our family grows. This year was particularly fun because Finn was finally old enough to understand it and was so excited the whole day.
We spent Christmas eve with my Mom, Step-dad and siblings and it was such a beautiful night. We sit around eating incredible apps (hello charcuterie board!), then opening gifts, eating our classic fondue and yorkshire pudding dinner, followed by sitting around the tree and talking about what Bible verse or the like was our theme for the year. It is a special time and it really brings back a lot of the magic of Christmas that seems to get a little lost as you get older.
For Christmas morning one of our new traditions is having birthday cake for Jesus, so the first thing we did was sing "Happy Birthday" in our matching onesies, and eat this incredible Banana cake with Penuche Frosting (Finny made the request for banana cake, so naturally I obliged... we're all a little banana crazy in this house!). While eating cake we read the story of Jesus birth from our Jesus Storybook Bible (which is such an amazing Bible for kids, I can't say enough good things about it!). We opened our stockings and gifts which is always so fun and yet, a little overwhelming. Then my dad and sisters and Aunt and Uncle popped by for bagels with cream cheese and lox and a hot cup of coffee before heading to Oakville to spend the day with Sam's family.
I feel like every year Christmas means even more to me as I reflect on how thankful I am for all that we have, for our family and friends, and how thankful I am that Jesus came and "the soul felt its worth".
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and lots of time with your family and friends <3